In this clip we’ll learn how to do knee slides.
In the game of roller derby, chances are you will be hit and knocked off your feet. This
is something that, if you have the proper safety gear on, and if you know how to fall
properly, you shouldn’t be afraid of. In fact, a lot of girls kind of look forward to it.
One of the ways that you can fall and protect yourself is by learning to naturally do a
knee slide. This is something that a lot of women have a hard time with at first. Mentally
our bodies are not prepared to throw ourselves on our knees. You have to learn to protect
your, or to trust your gear because your gear is going to protect you when you fall. There
are some basic knee slides that you’ll learn when you join a derby league. One is just
a single knee slide, another is a knee slide and turn, and then finally there’s the double
knee slide. And if you get really good, you’ll learn how to do what’s called a Superman.
I’m going to demonstrate the knee slide. But first I want to talk to you about how to prepare
yourself for the knee slide. You don’t want to tense up because if you’re holding yourself
really tense and going into this knee slide, you’re probably going to pull a muscle. So
you need to be relaxed, and you need to just have fun with it. Start with dragging a toe.
You’re going to go down into a kneeling position and allow yourself to simply slide. Once you’re
in that position of the knee slide on the ground, you’re going to rock back on your
hind skate, get up on your toe stop, and push yourself off without touching the floor. It’s
very important not to touch the rink floor when you do a knee slide because if you’re
in the middle of the pack, someone might roll over your fingers and that would not be fun.
Let me demonstrate to you the basic knee slide. After the basic knee slide, is the knee slide
and turn. This is basically the same thing as a knee slide, only you’re turning your
body completely around. This is handy if you get knocked backwards in a bout. You can turn
yourself around, get right back up and join the pack again. Let me demonstrate the basic
knee slide and turn.

How to Play Roller Derby : How to do Knee Slides in Roller Derby
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10 thoughts on “How to Play Roller Derby : How to do Knee Slides in Roller Derby

  • March 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Knee slide and turn is also really really really useful when you've been sent into the penalty box so you don't go sliding past it

  • November 6, 2010 at 3:37 am


  • January 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    @shadowlinkad there are tons of men's derby leagues. stop yelling.

  • March 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    0:30 haha yes you are

  • January 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    i sometimes slide on a knee when roller skating to avoid hitting someone, then just come up onto my toe stops and run on those to get going again quickly

  • January 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    lol lesbians

  • January 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    ‎"This is something that a lot of women have a hard time with at first. Mentally our bodies are not prepared to throw ourselves on our knees" I'm sure she's great on her knees

  • July 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

    An extra handy tip! Make sure your knee pads are really really tight and secure, wrap some ducktape around if necessary because I've seen girls performing knee slides and their pads get dragged along with the movement so they get really painful injuries 🙁 also make sure you hace GREAT quality knee pads such as 187 Pro killer pads or smith scabs, happy derby!

  • July 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Just got all of my derby equiptment

  • March 22, 2017 at 2:08 am

    STRAY CAT! Are you still involved in refing/coaching? Not sure if you remember me at a small moment in time back in…probably 2008…but I know of a person who is reinventing life and heading out to your neck of the woods…somewhat…and I thought he might want to check out a game or two…was your team the Missfits–and are they still alive and kicking? He'll be in Bake-O, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's going to want to spread his wings of discovery and watch you guys in action…


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